Healthy Environment, Healthy Community, Healthy Business

Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Organic waste

Around 50% of household waste and 30% of all waste we throw away is organic. This represents a wasted resource that fills limited landfill space. Organic matter in landfill breaks down and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and contributes to landfill leachate that can pollute waterways.

Using compost in gardening, landscaping, horticulture and agriculture can reduce the need for watering, reduce the need for fertiliser, and improve soil health and structure.

Composting of organic materials at home and in large-scale facilities is part of a growing trend in NSW to better manage and re-use waste organic material.

Reducing organic waste

Finding an organics collection service

  • Household organics collection services: contact your local council.
  • Business and industry organics collection services: see

For councils and commercial recyclers

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Page last updated: 06 May 2015